CTE Sessions at EANM’10

EANM’10 – Mini Course II

October 10, 2010, 15:45 – 16:45
Radiation Protection

Moderator: S. Dennan (Dublin), S. Prevot (Dijon)

H. Medvedec (Zagreb):
Overview of radiation protection issues
L. Metello, L. Cunha (Porto):
Operational risks and radiation exposure related to NM departments
H. Medvedec (Zagreb):
Radionuclide dosimetry and dosimetric calculations- what is useful on the internet?
L. Metello, L. Cunha (Porto):
Radiation exposure in PET, SPECT, CT and hybrid systems – commonly asked questions

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this session the attendees will be able to:

  1. 1. Give an overview of important radiation protection rules and recommendations used in everyday practice.
    2. Identify the main operational risks and suggest the most appropriate related measures to minimize radiation exposure regarding themselves, other health professionals and members of the public.
    3. State fundamental factors relating to patient and staff radionuclide dosimetry.
    4. Discuss the available web tools and web sites for dosimetry calculations and useful information on radiation protection.
    5. Evaluate the relative radiation exposures, considering PET, SPECT and CT and hybrid systems.
    6. Relate radiation exposure values and distinct diagnostic procedures.
    7. Discuss commonly asked questions regarding radiation exposure of staff from other hospital departments accompanying nuclear medicine patients.
    8. Discuss communication with the patients and discuss about the most appropriate measures to reduce exposure risks.


This Mini Course is designed for nuclear medicine technologists and radiographers who wish to acquire an overview of basic radiation safety procedures and recognize how to apply best radiation protection measures with new developed NM equipment such as SPECT/CT and PET/CT. It will also demonstrate how to benefit in everyday practice by using certain web sites which offer good information and tools for dosimetric approach to nuclear medicine procedures.
This Mini Course will suggest appropriate explanations to be given to worried patients in regard to minimize fear of radiation side effects and possible high doses received during Nuclear Medicine clinical studies.

Key Words:

radiation protection, dosimetry, web tools, calculation, radiation exposure, communication

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